KENT, Ohio — Kent State has a shot to be hot when it hits Las Vegas.
That’s because the Golden Flashes have won three straight, the latest being a 73-62 home victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Thursday.
The game was the first of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic sub-regional. Kent hosts Canisius on Saturday before heading to Vegas on Tuesday to meet SMU.
Xavier Pollard and Kellon Thomas each had 16 points to lead the Flashes (6-2), who haven’t lost since Nov. 28 at Pittsburgh. They broke open a close game with an 8-0 second-half spurt, highlighted by a dunk from Deon Edwin.
Meanwhile, the Warhawks (4-3) were without coach Keith Richard (sick) and leading scorer Majok Deng (lower leg), and seemed to run out of gas at the end. They were led by Jamaal Samuel‘s 18 points.
The Flashes made 7 of 8 free throws in the final 3:39 to seal the win.
Kent State leading scorer Jimmy Hall had nine points — the first time he’s failed to each double figures this season.
— Sam Amico